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We Want Yoruba Republic, Not Restructuring —Sunday Igboho |The Republican News

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By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has told President Muhammadu Buhari he is not in support of restructuring but liberation of Yorubas.

But several political leaders in the region, including National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinub; Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila; former APC National Interim Chairman Bisi Akande and other prominent leaders in the South-West have kicked against the idea.

They called for national cohesion as against ethnicity.

But Igboho, while receiving a vehicle presented to him by some donors to support the Yoruba Nation agitation, accused the current administration of marginalising the South-West region especially in terms of appointments.
Of recent, Igboho expressed anger over the continuous killing and kidnapping of Yorubas by the killer herdsmen in the region.

He said: “Our demand is simple, to tell Buhari that we do not want restructuring but Yoruba Nation.

“On Yoruba Nation, no going back. We have our faith in God. When God heard the cries of Israelites, he answered them; the cries of Yorubas have been heard by God. Noah’s ark can be likened to the current Yoruba agitation.

“I’m saying it boldly; nobody can kill us in this current struggle. May God carry us to our destination.

“Many people are even ranting on social media concerning the struggle, they need to join and support. What we are currently having now is awareness and peaceful rallies across southwest states.

“Don’t think we are joking, what we are pursuing now is Yoruba Nation. I’m not the only one fronting the Yoruba Nation Agenda right now; there are many powerful people who I have been meeting and working with underground.”

He noted the struggle can be won with collective efforts, appreciating many clerics and community leaders for their private and public support.

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It’ll Take Restructuring To Avoid Disintegration Of Nigeria —Prof. George Obiozor To Senate Committee |The Republican News

The President General of the apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze, Prof. George Obiozor laid bare the need to restructure Nigeria to avoid consequent disintegration, if that opportunity is missed.

As a cerebral accomplished diplomat, he toed that line in a very spectacular manner but passed on the message diplomatically.

His address to the Senate Committee On Constitution Review is below.

AN ADDRESS PRESENTED TO THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE OF THE REVIEW OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION.

OWERRI, 27/5/2021

AMBASSADOR PROF. GEORGE A. OBIOZOR

PRESIDENT GENERAL, OHANAEZE NDIGBO WORLDWIDE

PROTOCOL:​

Distinguished Senators and Members of the National Assembly, on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, I welcome you to this historic city of Owerri in the South East of Nigeria. Welcome to the South East zone and welcome to Igboland.

In our submission you will find that what Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and Ndigbo in general are asking for are clear and simple.

Fundamentally what Ndigbo really want is some form of internal autonomy based on a restructured Nigeria.

That categorically stated we (Ndigbo) are of the view that the federation of Nigeria must be a union of equals and the composite units must have the ability to stand without begging the centre for survival. That is a federal system of government and with it characteristics of decentralization and devolution of power among the federating units.

Therefore, in the context of the imperatives and urgency of restructuring Nigeria, we should focus on getting the right things done for the right reasons, and at the right levels of government.

​Indeed, what must be done and no longer what to do is to recognize that history has an iron law of seriality of which no country including Nigeria can ask for exemption or exceptionalism.

In fact, some countries are born with political tragedies waiting to happen. And our history shows that Nigeria is one of them. All signs of national tragedies foretold are present today in full force in Nigeria. In fact, it would require a restructured Nigeria to contain the present forces and tendencies towards a synchronized national crises and even a possibility of national disintegration.

Therefore as National Leaders, we must learn the lessons of history that in societies where truth comes last, tragedy comes first. And that the perennial problem or continuous dilemma in Nigerian politics has always revolves around the issues of Justice, Equity and Fairness. As I have said several times throughout history those denied Justice have had no interest in peace.

​We would expect you at the end of this exercise, in the interest of the nation, its unity and progress, to conclude with decisions guided by love and not by hatred; and guided by our collective hopes and not by our fears.

​Accordingly, for many Nigerians and groups,the 1999 constitution has left them with feeling like a caged lion over their relative capacities to develop their individual potentials, states and zones.

​Therefore to many of these citizens across the country, states and zones restructuring Nigeria will be equivalent to releasing the lion from the cage and it can defend itself.

​I wish you luck.

​Thank you.

Ambassador Prof. George A. Obiozor

President General

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide

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Buhari Rejects Demands For Restructuring, Warns Adeboye, Obasanjo, Others Against “Unpatriotic Outburst”

Major General Muhammadu Buhari

By Wolverine 

The presidency has rejected calls by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; former president, Olusegun Obasanjo; Catholic Bishops, among other personalities for the restructuring of the country, noting that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would not succumb to “undue pressure.”

Senior special adviser to President Buhari on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu who said this in a statement on Sunday, described the renewed calls for restructuring by these eminent Nigerians as “unpatriotic outbursts” that are not helpful to the nation.

He warned those making the outbursts about the nation breaking up to desist from it, as according to him, the president will not succumb to threats.

“THE Presidency responds to the recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country with factions giving specific timelines for the President to to do one thing or another or else, in their language, “the nation will break up.”

“This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the Covid-19 health crisis,” the statement said.

“Repeat: this administration will not take any decision against the the interests of 200 million Nigerians, who are the President’s first responsibility under the constitution, out of fear or threats especially in this hour of health crisis.

“The President as an elected leader under this constitution will continue to work with patriotic Nigerians, through and in line with the Parliamentary processes to finding solutions to structural and other impediments to the growth and wellbeing of the nation and its people.”

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Nigeria Is Falling Apart, Demand For Restructuring Is In Order —Northern Elders |The Republican News

Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed


The Northern Elders Forum has advised Nigerians not to be tired of demanding for the restructuring of the country from the present government.

The Forum said the Nigerian state has failed, especially in the management of security, hence the need to revisit the way the country is structured to provide security for citizens.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had on Saturday called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to restructure the country “as soon as possible”.

Adeboye, who spoke at a symposium alongside the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; former Governor of Cross River State and former presidential aspirant, Donald Duke; and a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, warned that it was either the country restructured as soon as possible or it broke up.

“You don’t have to be a prophet to know that one,” he added.

The Presidency, in a reaction on Sunday night, had described the calls as “recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country”.

But speaking on Tuesday morning while featuring on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, NEF spokesperson, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, insisted that the country must be restructured to address fundamental issues that ought to have been addressed since Nigeria gained independence.

He noted, “The two basic functions of the state are to secure citizens and provide for their welfare. Now, the Nigerian state is failing in both camps. So, restructuring for us means addressing those failures and identifying ideas, suggestions, and changes that can actually fit into the process of improving them.

“Policing is a fundamental issue. Here in the north where I come from, you could spend three days with bandits ravaging communities and you will not see a single policeman. Something is wrong with the way the country is structured to provide security for citizens. So, we need to revisit some of these issues.”

The NEF spokesperson stressed that the Nigerian constitution must be revised to “deal with issues that divide Nigerians rather than unite them.”

He said, “We need to look at our constitution, look at the way it provides for the Nigerian state, the federating units, allocate responsibilities in power, the works of vital institutions, or the failure of vital institutions to work and how we can improve them.

“When we make demands for the restructuring of the country, we are not necessarily saying that the government is deliberately causing the problems – they are cumulative issues, matters that should have been addressed a long time ago but they were not addressed. Nations must accept to revisit how they live.

“Nigerians have a right to ask for changes, for amendment, for improvement in the manner in which we live. There is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is for the government to specifically say we don’t want to hear anything about restructuring.

“Right now, no one will dispute that the federal government carries too many responsibilities most of which it doesn’t discharge, has too many resources and is not well run. It has become a focus of intense competition. The type of competition that makes the political system unstable. Everybody wants the Presidency. Everybody wants to go to Abuja. Abuja is everything. This is wrong.”


Baba-Ahmed noted that “many conferences whose recommendations have not been implemented need to be implemented.”

“We believe that Nigerians should never (be) tired about demanding that their country must be made to work. If the government is not going to do it on its own, it needs assistance. If it needs some pressure, we believe we can provide that pressure,” he concluded. (Punch)

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Nigeria May Collapse Arewa Youths Warns Buhari, Supports Adeboye On Restructuring

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The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, on Tuesday emphasized on the need to restructure Nigeria.

AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima warned that Nigeria was at the verge of collapse, if it’s not restructured.

Shettima issued the warning when asked to respond to the call by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye that President Muhammadu Buhari should restructure Nigeria.

Adeboye had said Buhari should restructure Nigeria to prevent the country from breaking up.

However, Shettima, in a chat with DAILY POST said: “I’m not asserting much importance because Adeboye spoke but because I’m an advocate of restructuring, and we said this years ago that the centre can’t hold, the burden is too much and the centre can’t hold.

“For us to move and make meaning impact, we need to restructure this country, power must be devolved to the regions. Let there division of labour where it’s not everything the centre decides.

“If we allow the centre to continue the way we are going, one day, the centre will just collapse. It’s very clear, everybody knows that the centre can’t hold, and we need to look at it thoroughly and ensure it’s reviewed with the hope of decentralizing the central government so that things will be done right.

“This American style of government does not favour us, even there, they don’t practice this style of governance. A clear example is what happened between Trump and the governor of New York during the pandemic, so to some extent, the state governors should have their autonomy and do things their way, but in Nigeria, you dear not challenge the almighty centre, if it comes to the issue of policies.” (Daily Post)

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Ohanaeze Blasts Buhari For Underrating The Igbo, Calls For Restructuring |The Republican News

By Asogwu Clinton

Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s President-General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, assaulted President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to enforce the community study established by the All Progressive Congress, APC, to restructure the nation.

The APC had set up a committee on restructuring headed by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai and they came up with the report that was accepted by the national leadership of the party.

Nwodo said the President has not been faithful to his manifesto, adding that he (Buhari) is looking for his own personal interest.

Nwodo, speaking on Arise TV, said the military carefully structured the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Ndigbo.

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo President-General noted that the constitution was based on extreme discrimination and jaundiced against the Igbo people.

“The military designed a constitution at the end of the war to contain the Igbo.

“We have the smallest number of local governments of all the six geopolitical zones; smallest number of representatives in the National Assembly; the smallest number of local government councils, two states in the North West of Nigeria have as much local governments as we have in the South East,” he said.

“The president was not loyal to his manifesto. His party set up a reorganization committee led by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, after winning the election, and they made this report as approved by his party’s domestic management,” he added.

“And when he faced interviewed by the press, he said that our problem was not structure but process.

“He swallowed his policy platform ; he swallowed his domestic executive committee’s choice, and he says we seek our private interest. Rather, it is the president who seeks his own private interest,” Nwodo said.

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Restructuring Nigeria Not Inviolable, Says Bauchi Governor

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Bauchi State governor, Mohammad Abubakar

 

Jide Charles, Makurdi

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has said the agitation for the restructuring of the country is not sacrosanct.

Abubakar spoke with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday after inaugurating his five-point health agenda called “Lafiya Garkuwa”.

The governor was asked to give his opinion on whether restructuring would solve many of the problems currently plaguing Nigeria.

He said, “One of the problems of Nigeria is that the elites choose to pick on certain terms and they latch on to them and keep on repeating them. One of such terms is restructuring. You see, one of the most beautiful systems of governance is a constitutional democracy, particularity the type with a written constitution being operated by Nigeria.

“All the parameters have been stated therein. So, if you need to do any adjustment, you can do that adjustment within the same constitution.

“I am certain that all those people agitating for the restructuring of Nigeria if the amendment of the constitution that is being attempted now would look at the exclusive legislative list contained in the constitution and do a little adjustment of that list, it would serve all these agitations for restructuring.

“So, there is nothing sacrosanct about the word restructuring; we have a constitutional democracy, we have a scheme provided by that constitution for the amendment of the constitution itself. And thank God, as we are talking, there are efforts now in place by the two chambers of the National Assembly to amend the constitution.

“I think what Nigerians should be agitating for is to ensure that this attempt looks at the exclusive legislative list with a view to releasing those functions that are co-state functions such as the areas of population. For example, agriculture happens in the states only. The Federal Government has no land where they would do agriculture. So, if you tinker with the exclusive legislative list, I think it will satisfy the agitation for restructuring.”

The PUNCH reports that a former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University and a member of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, had said the component units of the federation should find it convenient to go their separate ways if Nigerians found it difficult to live together.  (Punchng.com)

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